Samantha Bee shines a light on the happy ending to Georgia’s rape kit backlog saga.
Sometimes it seems there’s nothing that can bring Democrats and Republicans together, but Georgia state Rep. Scott Holcomb begs to differ.
If it seems ridiculous that law enforcement chooses not to analyze every sexual assault evidence kit, that’s because it is.
Sadly, this problem is not confined to any one state. Holcomb’s bill, the Pursuing Justice for Rape Victims Act, did one very simple thing: It required law enforcement to test each and every rape kit collected. No longer would it be fair to deny a survivor justice because of cost.
“‘Schoolhouse Rock!‘ on steroids,” Holcomb called the bipartisan effort. “Thats a side of politics that people dont get to see very often, but it does happen,” he said in the “Full Frontal” segment.
As time ran out, the bill made it through the necessary legislative hurdles, and Holcomb was showered with bipartisan applause. Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, signed the bill into law. With the law in effect, more than 4,200 previously untested pieces of evidence will finally be analyzed.